Why Laugh at Embarrassing Moments?
Pause. Accept Them and Enjoy the Laugh!
How many times have you had something surprisingly unexpected happen to you that was both incredibly funny and embarrassing all at the same time? You're scratching your head trying to figure out what just happened, what your response is going to be, and how to make a graceful comeback. I think when we look back, we can recall at least an incident or two where we were caught in a compromising moment of embarrassment laced with humor!
There are those of you who may or may not remember a hit television show from the past where the catch phrase was 'smile you're on candid camera!' I truly believe it's those candid camera moments that help bring joy and laughter to our lives. We may fail to see the humor of those incidents in the very moment that they occur. But in retrospect as we reflect on those embarrassingly funny moments, the memory is guaranteed to bring smiles to our faces, chuckles in our spirits, and lots of laughs (inwardly and outwardly).
Could it be that these occasions happen just for that very reason..... to remind us that we should not take life too seriously? Could it be that they are further reminders that no matter how old we are, we will never be able to control or stop these bloopers from happening? Why shouldn't we be able to laugh at them and ourselves? There is so much not to laugh at in the world (hunger, poverty, homelessness, unemployment, underemployment, bullying, suicides, wars, homicides, etc) such that every opportunity we do get to laugh; we should take full advantage of it.
I'm reminded of a familiar proverb that holds much merit and is often quoted: "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine" (Proverbs 17:22). When we examine this proverb, we notice that a good medicine is the cause and a merry heart is the effect. The medicine does not necessarily taste good; but its effects are good for creating a merry heart. I said that to say this, our embarrassing moments may not feel good, but they are capable of producing a merry heart and laughter.
So live, laugh, love, and enjoy those embarrassing moments for what they are.